In 1896 Marie Nordlinger arrived in Paris to study painting. Her cousin, Reynaldo Hahn, was becoming kno wn as a composer and his friend Marcel Proust was an aspirin g novelist. P.F. Prestwich recounts the relationship between these young people. '
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